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Fantasy football Week 2 lineups: Start, sit and sleepers

Phil Thompson, Chicago Tribune on

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Eventually Montgomery will be a viable flex option, just not likely this week. Bears coach Matt Nagy acknowledged that he didn't call enough rushing plays, but he still plans to ease in Montgomery. "The hard part is ... a rookie coming in and learning, there's a lot of intricacies to our offense, with rules and assignments. Not just with running the ball, but in pass protection and running routes," Nagy said.

The Broncos might not have shown it Monday night against Josh Jacobs, but they have a run defense to be reckoned with.

3. Kenyan Drake, RB, Dolphins vs. Patriots

It's hard to imagine a worse scenario for Drake: Not much of a passing game to keep an aggressive Patriots front seven off your heels and backup Kalen Ballage breathing down your neck.

4. Tyler Boyd, WR, Bengals vs. 49ers

With every game it becomes evident that Boyd is a WR2 (at best), so A.J. Green's absence is more of a detriment than a benefit. San Francisco's also is fairly solid at cornerback.

5. Chris Godwin, WR, Buccaneers at Panthers

This is less about Godwin and more about his turnover-prone quarterback, Jameis Winston, who looks like a shaky proposition on a short week on the road against a stout division rival. Godwin is the type of flex play you make when the conditions are in your favor.

6. Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers

Henry's going to have to prove he's more than just potential. Facing the Lions in Detroit is not the time to risk it. Back off until further notice.

7. Dan Bailey, K, Vikings at Packers

It's often tricky trusting kickers at Lambeau Field (even the Packers' Mason Crosby) and Bailey just hasn't gotten many field goal opportunities since arriving in Minnesota. He had four point-after kicks last week and had his second career lowest average (7 fantasy points, per CBS Sports) last year.

8. Redskins defense vs. Cowboys

They're are feisty bunch against division rivals -- give them that much -- but as we witnessed in the second half against the Eagles, pluck only takes you so far.

Sleepers

1. Josh Allen, QB, Bills

The Giants' anemic pass rush resurfaced against the Cowboys. It's an area New York has tried to revamp but perhaps they're not quite there yet (and it's not like the secondary can pick up the slack). All the better for Allen, who could try to gash the Giants with big connections to John Brown and company as Dak Prescott did with Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb.

2. Matt Breida, RB, 49ers at Bengals

 

Tevin Coleman's high ankle sprain pretty much clears the deck for Breida, who just has to worry about the outside chance of Raheem Mostert stealing his thunder. Breida had at least three catches in four of his last five games of 2018. The Bengals have been friendly to running backs, but they've been generous to pass-catching running backs (a fourth-most 901 yards and six touchdown receptions).

3. LeSean McCoy, RB, Chiefs at Raiders

Adrian Peterson (34) has taught us: Don't underestimate a talented back just because of age. The 31-year-old McCoy, familiar with an Andy Reid offense, outperformed Damien Williams by rushing for 81 yards on 10 carries (Williams' 13 produced just 26 yards). Williams got the majority of red-zone looks but he's no lock in that area.

Regardless, Kansas City's offense is potent enough to sustain two running backs. And both Broncos Lindsay Phillips and Royce Freeman flashed against the Raiders.

4. Calvin Ridley, WR, Falcons vs. Eagles

In a game Matt Ryan made sloppy, uncharacteristic mistakes, he still found Ridley four times for 64 yards and a score. Ridley should have an even bigger game against an Eagles secondary that was victimized for big gains by Redskins pass catchers.

5. Cooper Kupp, WR, Rams vs. Saints

Kupp received a whopping 10 targets, and though he didn't produce much yardage, it's an encouraging sign he'll return to form soon. Kupp may also benefit by not being the Rams receiver who draws Marshon Lattimore in coverage.

6. Darren Waller, TE, Raiders vs. Chiefs

What you might have missed during the Tyrell Williams Show was that Waller lived up to preseason expectations (as much as you can tell from one week) catching seven of eight targets for 70 yards. Don't be fooled by the Chiefs' Week 1 showing, the Jaguars have rarely been strong at tight end. Kansas City was last season's most generous defense to the position.

7. Brett Maher, K, Cowboys at Redskins

Maher was held to five point-after attempts, but it's a lot to ask the Cowboys offense to repeat a five-touchdown performance. Could they really be that efficient?

8. Texans defense vs. Jaguars

It might seem odd to recommend them after they wasted Watson's fourth-quarter comeback, but that game was a dogfight in New Orleans. The Texans return to Houston to face rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew making his first start.

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